Sound research in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) necessarily draws upon established second language acquisition (SLA) constructs and approaches in exploring learner-computer and learner-learner interaction. At the same time, CALL research has the potential to shape (and also complicate) aspects of SLA theory. Indeed, the digital medium affords CALL researchers certain advantages; however, it also presents a host of methodological challenges. Among these challenges, sufficiently tracking learner behavior seems to be critical.
In this talk, Prof. Bryan Smith will explore some of the work that shows the necessity of adequately tracking learner behavior. He will then turn to recent CALL work that employs eye-tracking technology to illustrate the value of tracking learner behavior.
Bryan Smith is a Professor of English at Arizona State University.